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  • March 30, 2013
  • • 11:00 AM
  • • Emirates Stadium, London
  • Referee: C. Foy
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Premier League Preview: Arsenal - Reading

The Royals are seven points adrift of safety as former Southampton boss Nigel Adkins takes charge of his first game after being appointed on Tuesday.

  PROBABLE LINEUPS

ARSENAL

Fabianski
Jenkinson, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Monreal
Ramsey, Arteta
Oxlade-Chamberlain, Cazorla , Podolski
Giroud

READING

Taylor
Kelly, Mariappa, Pearce, Shorey
Karacan, Leigertwood, McAnuff, McCleary Robson-Kanu
Pogrebnyak


Arsenal was dealt a fresh injury blow on Thursday after midfielder Abou Diaby was ruled out for around nine months with a knee ligament problem.Theo Walcott is out with a groin injury, while Jack Wilshere is still sidelined with an ankle problem. Kieran Gibbs is also doubtful due to illness.

Reading goalkeeper Adam Federici has been injured since the beginning of the month but may make the bench for this game as he regains full fitness following an ankle injury,

Reading boss Nigel Adkins, who is taking charge of his first game this Saturday, is likely to be without Danny Guthrie due to a knee issue and Jimmy Kebe, who has a groin problem.

  DID YOU KNOW?
  • Arsenal has won just 36 percent of their Premier League games without Jack Wilshere (pictured) in the side, compared to 56 percent with him.
  • The Gunners have not yet lost a game in the Premier League that they have taken the lead in.
  • Arsenal has conceded just two goals after the 75th minute in Premier League games this season, the lowest in the league.
  • The Gunners have won all 11 of their previous meetings with Reading.
  • Reading has lost nine of its last 10 away matches in the Premier League.
  • Reading has lost its last five games, just two away from the worst run in the Premier League this season by any team, which the Royals also set.
  • Reading has conceded more Premier League goals against Arsenal than any other opponent in the top-flight.

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21Lukasz FabianskiGoalkeeper
3Bacary SagnaDefender
4Per MertesackerDefender
6Laurent KoscielnyDefender
17MonrealDefender
7Tomas RosickyMidfielder
8Mikel ArtetaMidfielder
16Aaron RamseyMidfielder
19Santi CazorlaMidfielder
12Olivier GiroudStriker
27GervinhoStriker
1Wojciech SzczesnyGoalkeeper
23Thomas VermaelenDefender
25Carl Jenkinson Defender
28Kieran GibbsDefender
35Francis CoquelinMidfielder
9Lukas PodolskiStriker
15Alex Oxlade-ChamberlainStriker
12Stuart TaylorGoalkeeper
20Nicky ShoreyDefender
26Alex PearceDefender
3Adrian MariappaDefender
2Stephen KellyDefender
20Jem KaracanMidfielder
8Mikele LeigertwoodDefender
11Jobi McAnuffMidfielder
19Hal Robson-KanuMidfielder
35Danny GuthrieMidfielder
29Pavel PogrebnyakStriker
41Alex McCarthyGoalkeeper
2Chris GunterDefender
15Sean MorrisonDefender
12Garath McClearyMidfielder
39Hope AkpanMidfielder
9Adam Le FondreStriker
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